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Students of Odisha University of Technology and Research, Bhubaneswar emerge winners in seventh National Social Enterprise Idea Challenge

Bangalore:16/10/23: Students of Odisha University of Technology and Research, Bhubaneshwar, emerged winners of the seventh edition of the National Level Social Enterprise Idea Challenge organized by Azim Premji University.

In 2016, Azim Premji University launched the annual “Social Enterprise Idea Challenge” that brings students from across India to explore social entrepreneurship and share innovative social change ideas in a rigorous and competitive environment. The event also acts as a networking platform for young minds to meet each other, exchange thoughts, and showcase their talent and skills to some of the early-stage mentors and funders.

Fifteen teams were shortlisted from close to a hundred entries from universities and colleges across the country for the final round. The submissions were broadly in the domains of education, livelihood, health, sustainability, and governance.

First prize winning Team Members: Anup Paikaray, Akankhya Dhupal, Priyanka Senapati, Divyanshu

Contact Number: Anup

Summary of the Idea:  “Chuliv” is the world’s first heat-powered air blower for mudstoves, reducing carbon emissions by 60% and improving stove performance by 40%. The automatic, non-electrical device absorbs excess heat, enhancing stove performance and contributing to tree preservation. It aligns with SDG 13, SDG 3, and SDG 7, promoting affordable, clean energy without significant changes to cooking methods.

Second prize: Team Inaayat from Ramjas College, Delhi University

Contact Number:  Saniya Gupta

Team Members: 1. Saniya Gupta, Pragun Kumar, Siya Rai

Summary of the Idea: Inaayat focuses on clean water, climate action, and decent livelihood by converting water hyacinths into handicraft products, promoting sustainable development goals and economic growth.

Third prize: Team WARAQ from Ramjas College, Delhi University

Contact number: Nitya Gupta

Summary of the Idea: Project Waraq focuses on sustainability by manufacturing eco-friendly, durable disposable cutlery. The project, which started with a smaller customer base, focuses on waste management. Each item is expertly crafted and molded, with plant seeds inserted during production. The biodegradable items are easy to discard and promote plant growth.

Nazrul Haque, Mentor for the Social Enterprise Cell at Azim Premji University, noted: “It is heartening to see that young students are acutely aware of social issues and are deeply interested in finding solutions. A majority of the winners in the last six editions of the challenge have set up organizations that are contributing to social change. Many have succeeded in raising additional financial and mentoring support from incubators and leading organizations like IIT Kanpur, IIM Bangalore, and YCombinator.”

About Azim Premji University

Azim Premji University was established under the Azim Premji University Act 2010 of the Government of Karnataka. Azim Premji Foundation, the sponsoring body set up the University as a fully philanthropic and not-for-profit entity, with a clear social purpose of contributing to the realization of a just, equitable, humane, and sustainable society

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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